It’s important that children have regular chores to do.Chores also help children learn responsibility, and sharing chores will also give you some help around the house. It is also important that children begin chores at an early age. You might think that 2-3 years old is too young for chores but your kids are more capable than think 🙂 Kids can do a lot of chores at this age which we have listed below. They may not seem like chores to you but once again…it’s teaching them responsibility. For example..if they pull blocks out to play with them, we teach them to clean them up right?
There are ways to make chores a little fun and maybe even in a child’s case…rewarding. My 6 year old LOVES to vacuum. He started at 3! Now Now…It’s not like I put the vacuum in his hand and made him do it. 😉 He would see me sprinkle the carpet fresh down before hand and wanted so badly to do it. I told him when he was older he could do it. I now have my 6 and 8 year old fight over who is going to vacuum the one carpeted room in the house. The chore chart helps a lot and we will alternate the vacumming each week so they both get a chance.
Below is a list of chores broken down by age to help give you some ideas. Plus feel free to print the Chore Chart we have created below.
You can use sticker for the younger children while older children will need more of a reward to motivate them. I am still not quite sure on what the going rate is for chores and weekly allowance but after asking many of you , it seems the going rate while they are under 10 is around $1 for each year.
So my 8 year old gets $8 a week now and my 6 year old gets $6 a week.
Download and Print Kids Chore Chart Here – chore chart will not have our watermark on it , don’t worry! 🙂
2-3 year olds
- Help make their bed
- Pick up toys
- Help mom or dad take clothes out of dryer
4-7 year olds
- Clean their room
- Make bed
- Water the plants
- Clip Coupons! 🙂 – start em’ young!
- Feed pets , give fresh water
- Set/Clear the table
- Dry the dishes
- Put their own laundry away. Possibly even help fold. (I am so anal about how my clothes are folded so I will fold them and then my boys will take their piles to their rooms and put it away.
8- 11 years old
- Wash dishes
- Empty dishwasher
- Take clothes out of dryer
- Fold clothes
- Take trash out and to curb (with adult supervision)
- Bring in the mail
- Sweep, mop , dust, vacuum
- Clean windows (call me weird but when I was 8 I remembers LOVING this chore! Mom would give me a roll of paper towels and some windex and I would have so much fun cleaning every window and mirror in the house! )
- Set/clear the table
- Help cook or prep a meal (with adult supervision)
- Rake leaves
- Help unpack groceries and putting away when mom or dad go food shopping.
- Straighten up their room